Google reportedly blocked popular websites on Monday including Reuters, The Guardian, Zdnet, The New York Times, National Post and many others, after online advertising provider NetSeer gacjed and infected with malware.
Google users were given warnings that the website they were visiting may be infected with malware.
“Content from cm.netseer.com, a known malware distributor, has been inserted into this web page. Visiting this page now is very likely to infect your computer with malware,” the alert said.
“Malware is malicious software that causes things like identity theft, financial loss, and permanent file deletion.”
According to Zdnet report, NetSeer spokesperson confirmed the successful hacking attempt at around 5:30 a.m. PT, but noted that it did not affect its advertising network infrastructure.